Newlyweds was the top show Wed., giving ‘Til Death a strong start.

Newlyweds was the top show Wed., giving ‘Til Death a strong start.
The return of Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica was watched by 4.7 million viewers, and brought MTV more viewers ages 12 to 34 than any other network, broadcast or cable. Although ‘Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen and Dave, which followed Nick and Jessica, “dropped roughly one-quarter of Newlyweds’ total audience,” it was still “MTV’s highest-rated series premiere among viewers 12-34″ with 3.3 million viewers, according to the Hollywood Reporter. As a result of MTV’s draw, along with the return of Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show and USA Network’s Monk, FX’s Todd TV debuted with under a million viewers. That was less than half of the viewers who tuned in before it to watch a rerun of the Ashton Kutcher vehicle “Dude, Where’s My Car.” Apparently, people would rather watch a certain pop star act stupid than vote to make a 30-something waiter look stupid.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.

A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.